Scarlett Moffatt has revealed she recently underwent an operation to have abnormal cells removed from her cervix.
The former Gogglebox star took to Instagram on Sunday to post a very open and honest video about her experience.
Going make-up free for the clip, Scarlett wore a black hoodie emblazoned with the word 'LOVE' as she told her 2 million followers about her recent smear test results.
She captioned the video: "My Lletz treatment on my cervix. I really hope this helps at least one person.
"I scouted everywhere to find a video on this treatment to get rid of abnormal cells from your cervix and I just couldn’t.
"I was scared about the unknown & wish someone had told me that it really isn’t bad or painful at all.
"A bit of discomfort that’s it, so please watch this & promise me you will go for that cervical smear or for any follow up treatment. It’s so important my lovely ladies, you’ve got this," the 30-year-old star added.
In her emotional message Scarlett referred to her abnormal cervix cells and their removal with the heated wire loop and said: "They can be easily treated if they’re caught quickly but if they’re not and you leave your smear tests, then it can be devastating and can literally be life or death.
“I know that sounds really horrific and I’m not saying that to scare you, I’m saying that to show you how this tiny procedure, which lasts no longer than five to 10 minutes – normally five minutes – can literally save your life.”
Continuing, she said of her medical history: "I went for my cervical screening and it had abnormalities.
"I’ve had abnormalities for a few years now and then it wasn’t getting better. It wasn’t healing on its own.
"So an amazing nurse called Rachel who I’ve seen from the beginning said to me, I think it’s best that you get some treatment on this.
“You can be given an anaesthetic but due to the Covid situation and you’d have to self-isolate, I went for the local anaesthetic which they administer into your cervix.
"This sounds so scary and I’m not going to lie to you, because it was the unknown and I hadn’t heard anyone talk about this, I was so nervous. I cried, cried some more, literally cried so much."
Speaking about her boyfriend Scott Dobinson, she added: "Scott was like, 'you can do this, it’s really important', so I braved up and the nurse said I could have gas and air to take the edge off it.
"It’s such a simple procedure that is maybe heightened in our own minds because it’s such a sensitive and personal area but honestly, doctors and nurses see those bits all the time.
“It’s so important that if they say there’s a treatment that can help prevent cancer, you take it. Just make a joke of it, I know even saying it sounds so daunting but it’s really not, it’s just another thing to do at the hospital.
"I really worked myself up about it and I wish I hadn’t. I wish I’d seen a video like this so I knew there was actually nothing to be scared of.
"It’s weird because you sort of fear the unknown. They took a biopsy, took all the abnormal cells out so fingers crossed all comes back well with that," Scarlett said.
The reality TV star's fans were quick to comment on the video, with one person writing: "So important that awareness is raised and it really isn't talked about enough."
A second commented: "Thank you for sharing this as I believe awareness of this treatment is limited and should be talked about more."
A third person added: "Well said SCARLETT As a smear taker to hear such honesty and positivity is music to my ears."
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